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Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

By Paul Demko  |  April 25, 2015

There are signs of a partisan thaw in Congress that is allowing movement on healthcare legislation in the wake of the recent Medicare physician-payment overhaul. And a sharp uptick in lobbying spending by major healthcare industry groups suggests stakeholders see at least a temporary break in the...

House and Senate budget talks target Affordable Care Act

House and Senate budget talks target Affordable Care Act

By Paul Demko  |  April 22, 2015

House and Senate Republicans are likely to agree on a budget that abolishes the healthcare reform law. But the real discussion about 2016 spending will come as another government shutdown looms toward the end of September.

Future of dual-eligible demonstrations questioned due to low enrollment

Future of dual-eligible demonstrations questioned due to low enrollment

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 21, 2015

Health plans and state officials are concerned that an ambitious effort to improve coordination of care for millions of low-income and disabled Americans may not yield the cost savings the Obama administration and states hoped for—at least in the projected time frame.

Allyson Schwartz named CEO of Medicare Advantage lobbying group

Allyson Schwartz named CEO of Medicare Advantage lobbying group

By Bob Herman  |  April 21, 2015

Former U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz is donning a new hat on Capitol Hill. The Pennsylvania Democrat will head the Better Medicare Alliance, a young lobbying organization funded by health insurers, providers and business groups.

Florida plans to sue CMS alleging coercion on Medicaid

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 18, 2015

Florida Gov. Rick Scott plans to sue the CMS, accusing the agency of unconstitutionally trying to force the state to expand Medicaid by ending funding that now helps Florida hospitals pay for uncompensated care for low-income and uninsured patients.

Data Points for April 20, 2015

Data Points for April 20, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Data Points for the week of April 20, 2015, covered the following topics: Healthcare costs, Medicaid, CHIP, foreign-educated nurses, prescriptions for Medicaid beneficiaries

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